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Overview of new EU Regulations for Known Consignors at PROLOGISTICS 2012

Schenker NV’s Security Manager, Sven Bosch: new EU regulations impose high security demands • Not having Known Consignor status costs air freight customers time and money

(Antwerp/Brussels, September 25, 2012)
The new EU Regulations for “Known Consignors” are the subject of a presentation to be held by Sven Bosch, Security Manager of Schenker NV, on September 26. It is part of the free seminar program at the PROLOGISTICS 2012 trade show in Brussels. This topic will soon become crucial for all air freight consignors since the limited temporary regulation will expire on March 31, 2013.

From then on, according to the new EU regulation 185/2010, only air freight consignments which originate from an individual or legal entity registered as a Known Consignor (KC) by the responsible supervisory authority can be declared “secure”. For Belgium, this is the DGLV (Directoraat-Generaal Luchtvaart, General Directorate of Civil Aviation). All other consignments will be subject to security screening.

In his lecture, Sven Bosch informs air freight consignors how they can avoid extra screening costs and delays to their air freight cargo. “At DB Schenker Logistics, we advise all our customers to weigh the pros and cons of DGLV certification carefully and at an early stage,” he says. “Since the EU 185/2010 imposes high security demands on Known Consignors, only ten percent of interested companies have actually applied for KC status so far.”

In fact, all KC personnel with access to identifiable air freight needs to be trained and checked; every location where identifiable air freight is produced, processed, packed, stored and/or sent needs to be equipped with access control. “In 80 per cent of the cases where the DGLV has refused KC admission, this was because of the absence of access control to identifiable airfreight”, reports Sven Bosch. “Finally it is important to avoid consignment manipulation,” he clarifies this by showing photos of manipulable air freight. Furthermore, consignors with KC status can expect spot inspections by the DGLV at least every five years.

Sven Bosch also points out the disadvantages of not having KC status: “Customers who refrain from registering will have to accept additional screening costs and have to consider the fact that their shipments, due to this screening, will be subject to delays. For customers with a specific product (e.g. liquids) and/or package material (e.g. lead) refraining from KC registration can have an impact even beyond possible costs and delays.

According to recent estimates, as of April 2013, the majority of air freight consignments will be declared “unsecure”. “The entire DB Schenker Logistics network is taking measures to adapt to this situation,” explains Dr. Hansjörg Rodi, Chairman of the Board of Schenker Deutschland AG and responsible for the DB Schenker Logistics Region Europe Central. “We are planning investments in further monitoring equipment and will provide sufficient infrastructure and personnel to fulfill customer requirements in good time.”

Schenker NV is the Belgian branch of DB Schenker Logistics and employs 655 staff at eight sites: Antwerp (corporate office and ocean freight activities), Brucargo-Zaventem (air freight), Brussels (rail logistics services), Eupen (land transport and logistics), Mechelen (land transport), Waregem (land transport and air freight), Willebroek (contract logistics and supply chain management) and Zeebrugge (ocean freight).

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